Relations of USPI

National cooperation

1.     NAP, Association for process industry

2.     VNCI, Association for the Chemical industry

3.     FME- CWM, Federation for Metal-Electro suppliers

4.     VOMI, Branch Association for Mechanical Contractors

5.     FHI, Federation for Instrumentation and DCS suppliers

6.     STABU, Association for civil world

7.     UNETO, Branch organisation for the electrotechnical suppliers and wholesale

8.     CROW, Association for GWW ( Ground, Road and Water ) and trafic

9.     BAS, Bouwafsprakenstelsel

10.   WIB , Instrument Association

11.   NVDO, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Doelmatig Onderhoud

12.   NEN, Nederlands Normalisatie Instituut.

13.   ISA, Dutch section of Instrumentation, Systems and Automation society


European cooperation

1.     PISTEP2000, Standardisation consortium in the UK

2.     PLANTSTEP, Standardisation consortium in the USA

3.     OSC/CEASAR, Standardisation consortium in Norway

4.     EPISTLE, An European cooperation for the development of standards

The three consortia USPI-NL, PISTEP2000 and POSC/CAESAR cooperate through a joint international workplan to achieve the ISO standards. This cooperation is known as EPISTLE i.e. European Process Industries STEP Technical Liaison Executive. It was set up in September 1993 "to identify potential for collaboration between parties involved in developing standards for the exchange of technical information in the Process Industries"

5.     InfowebML, EPISTLE development of ISO 15926-7: Implementation Of ISO 15926 in OWL


Worldwide cooperation

1.     PIEBASE, Worldwide cooperation of lifecycle data mgt consortia

The consortia USPI-NL(Nl), PISTEP2000(UK), POSC/CAESAR(Norway), PLANTSTEP(USA), ECOM(Japan), project group PLANTEC(Japan) cooperate in a worldwide platform known as PIEBASE which stands for: Process Industry Executive for achieving Business Advantage through Standards for data Exchange. The PIEBASE vision at the time of creation end 1996 was: "Companies in the Process Industries shall be able to share and/or echange electronically the information needed to design, build, operate and maintain process and power plants using internationally accepted standards"which is still valid. The Process Industries include chemicals, petroleum, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals/fine chemicals, power, and engineering support for these industries. During the year 2001 PIEBASE has started a restructuring programme to move from standards technology driven towards business demand for standards.

2.     IMS - Intelligent Manufacturing Systems

IMS is an industry-led, international research and development (R&D) program established to develop the next generation of manufacturing and processing technologies. Companies and research institutions from Australia, Canada, the European Union and Norway, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, and the United States of America participate in this program.
The IMS promoition center of Japan has proposed the VIPNET - Virtual Production Enterprise Network project. This project aimes at developing a set of technologies with which to create and operate such an infrastructure, to be called ?Technoinfra" capable of accumulating technological data and knowledge, that will enable a group of enterprises to identify an optimal set of variables affecting every work and operation involved in manufacturing a given product, or a set of products, including research, development, design, actual production, marketing, sales, maintenance, as well as disposal , thus to collaborate in an effective manner through a virtual production mode by efficiently sharing such data and knowledge.

3.     ECOM, Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan

The Japan EC/CALS Organization (JECALS) has been active in BtoB electronic commerce, the Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan (ECOM) in BtoC, and the Center for the Informatization of Industry (CII) has been active in electronic data exchange. Having accomplished much to make EC work, however, JECALS and ECOM were dissolved in March 2000. With the success and growth of EC, more and more issues cut across what have been regarded as BtoB and BtoC frameworks; if we want be a primary source of EC-related information, for the world as well as Japan, we must collect the results of research conducted in these organizations and, with the ingenuity of industry, continue to work on new problems.
Industry has therefore assembled to establish a new organization ECOM i.e.: the Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan, to facilitate close cooperation in promoting electronic commerce and standardization such as XML/EDI and STEP (standards concerning expression and exchange of product model data), an effort which had been carried out separately in the earlier organizations.The council expects, considering the remarkable technological development of EC, to be active over the next four to five years. It will, over that period, make rules and recommendations to the government to achieve secure EC in both BtoB and BtoC, establish, maintain, and manage international standards based on user needs, and conduct activities to further promote EC and make international contributions in this field.

4.     PLANTEC, Data Warehouse project in Japan

The Japan Plant EC(PlantEC) was officially launched through its foundation and inaugural meetings held on April 10, 1998 under the aegis of the Engineering Advancement Association of Japan(ENAA).
The main task of PlantEC is to achieve the standardization of the plant data warehouse and to verify its usefulness in terms of large-scale plant data. The plant data warehouse is a linchpin of a mechanism for sharing information concerning the entire life cycle of plant from planning/designing to operation/maintenance among many corporations involved in the process plant industries, such as plant owners, engineering companies, plant makers, and equipment and parts manufactures. In FY 2000, activities of plant data service center working group have started to study the e-commerce architecture to provide services for procurement and information sharing among enterprises. Through these projects, PlantEC pursues the development and practical use of standardized data warehouse in the process plant industries, thereby to establish the foundation of EC.

5.     JEMIMA, Japan instrument vendor association.

Established in 1948, the Japan Electric Measuring Instruments Manufacturers' Association (JEMIMA) is a trade group whose mission is to foster development of the electric measuring instrument industry and related industries in Japan. Through its activities, the association contributes to the economic growth of the country. In 1960, JEMIMA was granted status as a public corporation.
From its outset, JEMIMA has maintained a strong grasp of the changing needs of its customers as they moved to adapt to new industry trends. JEMIMA keeps abreast of changing customer needs though its committees, whose activities contribute to the expansion not only of the electric measuring instrument industry but of other Japanese industries as well. Some latest information about dictionary development can be downloaded here

6.     ENA, Group of EPC contractors in Japan.

Details, business plan 2011

7.     ISO, the International Organization for Standardization

This is a worldwide federation of national standard bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. ISO's work results in international agreements which are published as International Standards. It is interesting to learn that ISO is not an acronym for International Organisation for Standardisation, but a Greek word meaning "equal" and is valid in English, French and Russian, the three official languages of ISO. The complete explanation can be found on page 1 of the ISO home page.
Committee TC184 covers Industrial Automation Systems and Integration. Subcommittee TC184/SC4 covers Industrial data. This subcommittee is very active in the area of STEP and organises two to three working meetings per year, each time hosted by a member country.
SC4 has created the so called International STEP Centre (ISC) where industrial data activities are discussed on a country basis. USPI-NL participates in this scheme with USA, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea, Portugal, Australia.

8.     FIATECH, An USA industry consortium to support the asset supply chain

FIATECH is an industry-led, collaborative, not-for-profit research consortium serving the construction industry, from asset creation through operation and maintenance. It was conceived by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Construction Industry Institute in 1999 as a breakthrough opportunity for the industry. Its mission is to achieve significant cycle time and life cycle cost reductions and efficiencies in capital projects from concept to design, construction, operation, and even to decommissioning and dismantling of capital facilities. This targeted and breakthrough technology is called FIAPP (Fully Integrated and Automatic Project Processes), and refers to the seamless integration of information flow to and from all project participants throughout the entire project life cycle. FIATECH was formed to accelerate progress in realizing the vision of FIAPP. FIATECH projects address FIAPP-related research, development, and deployment, with a focus on the latter: commercializing and implementing latest available technologies to achieve bottom-line results. FIATECH project teams are led by full-time FIATECH project managers who help project participants formulate technical plans, identify deliverables, organize resources, seek leveraged funding, and aggressively manage the project to successful conclusion.

9.     PIP, Process Industry Practices

Process Industry Practices (PIP) is a consortium of process industry owners and engineering construction contractors who serve the industry. PIP was organized in 1993 and is a separately funded initiative of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), at The University of Texas at Austin. PIP publishes documents called ?Practices."
These Practices reflect a harmonization of company engineering standards in many engineering disciplines. Up to 6% savings on capital projects can be achieved with the implementation of the Practices. Specific Practices include design, selection and specification, and installation information.

10.   ECCMA

ECCMA, Electronic Commerce Code Management Association is a non-profut membership association established in 1999 with the mission to provide an open, transparant and efficient process for the development of open standards for content over the internet. It encourages experts from around the world to work together to build and maintain global, open standard dictionaries of labels. The power is in the simplicity of the classification approach. It is possible to offer own classification dictionaries for inclusion in the ECCMA's eOTD